The Songcircle

In a songcircle, songs are bandied back and forth. Perhaps around a fire. Each week on The Songcircle, we try to spark a fire and bounce artists' songs off one another in a similar way. Sometimes in service of a common theme or genre. Sometimes paying tribute to a beloved artist with rare recordings. Sometimes responding to events that impact us all. Always, we strive to present music both new and familiar in a fresh context. You might not love every song, but stay tuned - the next one might be a new favorite!

Jeff Rosenberg is a longtime KBOO DJ and contributor to the Music section of Willamette Week.

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Episode Archive

R.I.P. Jesse Winchester

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The songs of the late, great Jesse Winchester, sung by himself and some esteemed admirers

The Songcircle on 04/11/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Legendary Texas Troubadour Joe Ely Visits The Songcircle

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Joe Ely on The Songcircle!

The Songcircle on 03/28/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 03/21/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 03/14/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle welcomes Jeremy Wilson, plus special guest Karyn Ann

The Songcircle
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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Live music from special guests Jeremy Wilson and Karyn Ann

Portland great Jeremy Wilson, formerly of the Dharma Bums, visits the Songcircle to talk about and share songs from his new solo album, Empty Through Empty Space, whose release he celebrates Saturday night at the Doug Fir.

We'll also hear live music from Karyn Ann, performing one of the Bob Dylan tunes she'll play at Rainy Day Women: The Vulva Underground presents Bob Dylan, tonight at Mississippi Pizza.

The Songcircle on 02/28/14

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Fri, 02/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 02/21/14

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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 01/31/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 01/31/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

The Songcircle
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Thu, 03/10/2011

 Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, a.k.a. author Wesley Stace, stopped by to discuss his new novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, about an early-20th-century opera composer whose career is cut short by a scandalous murder-suicide. Wes performed the folk ballad "Little Musgrave," which figures prominently in the novel's plot. He also shared two new tunes from his forthcoming, made-in-Portland album.

Following the approx. 50 minute interview is a brief snippet of British folk legend Nic Jones' "The Flandyke Shore"; Wes paid tribute to Jones on the great 1999 album, Trad Arr Jones, on which he first performed "Little Musgrave".


SongCircle playlist for 01/28/2011

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The Songcircle
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Angelique KidjoVoodoo ChildOremi
Neville and Shiela StaplesUp from the SkiesSearching for Jimi Hendrix
DionPurple HazeDion
PrincePurple HousePower of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
PretendersRoom Full of MirrorsGet Close
The Gil Evans OrchestraCrosstown TrafficThe Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Chaka Khan & Kenny OlsonLittle WingPower of Soul:Tribute
Rotary ConnectionBurning of the Midnight LampBlack Gold: The Best of The Rotary Connection
Eric GalesMay This be LovePower of Soul:Tribute
Mark IshamStone FreeSearching for Jimi Hendrix
Jimi HendrixTears of RageWest Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

SongCircle playlist for 01/21/2011

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Dark Dark DarkDaydreamingWild Go
Evan DandoHard DriveBaby I'm Bored
Norah JonesSunriseFeels Like Home
Loudon Wainwright IIIDouble Lifetimelive, unreleased
"The Panic is OnTen Songs from the New Depression
"Krugman Blues"
"Thank You, Mr. Hubblelive, unreleased
"Morgue (a.k.a. A Guilty Conscience and a Broken Heart)"
"Fear ItselfTen Songs from the New Depression
"Unfriendly Skieslive, unreleased
"Samoa and Tonga"
LWIII w/Nederlands Blazers EnsembleI am the WaySi Dolce (live, 1/1/2000)
"The Last Day"
Loudon Wainwright IIIMiddle of the NightTen Songs from the New Depression
Brian CuteanMississippi John 'n' TajGuitarred and Feathered
"A Small WordParakeetfishhead
Alice DiMiceleWalk with MeLive
Jim PageI Want a New AmericaGhost Bikes
Peter CaseIf You've Got a Light to ShineBeeline
Eric AndersenHoneyMore Hits from Tin Can Alley

Featuring recent songs by Loudon Wainwright III, playing 1/24 at the Aladdin Theater, and tunes from Page, Cutean, and DiMicele, playing 1/29 at Alberta Rose Theatre. The preceding alternate spellings of "Theater/re" are [sic], [sic], [sic]!

SongCircle playlist for 01/14/2011

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Gillian Welch and David RawlingsOrphan GirlA Prairie Home Companion: Duets
Fraser & DeBoltThem Dance Hall GirlsFraser & DeBolt with Ian Guenther
Robert Plant/Alison KraussStick with Me BabyRaising Sand
Mike and RuthyEnd of TimeMillion to One
Gram Parsons w/Emmylou HarrisWe'll Sweep out the Ashes (alternate)The Complete Reprise Sessions
John Prine w/Iris DeMentLet's Invite Them OverIn Spite of Ourselves
Stubby Kaye and Edith AdamsI'm Past My PrimeLi'l Abner: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Johnny Cash w/June Carter CashJacksonJohnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Mike Nichols and Elaine MayA Little More GauzeIn Retrospect
Mickey and SylviaLove is Strangesingle
Corinne West and Kelly Joe PhelpsWhiskey Poetlive on air
"Gypsy Harbor"
"AmeliaMagnetic Skyline
"Mother to Childlive on air
Lucinda Williams and David CrosbyReturn of the Grievous AngelReturn of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
Richard and Linda ThompsonFirst Light (demo)Dreams Fly Away: The Best of Linda Thompson
Nick Cave w/Kylie MinogueWhere the Wild Roses GrowMurder Ballads
Nancy Sinatra and Lee HazelwoodSome Velvet MorningNancy and Lee
Rory MacLeod and Aimee LeonardWhen Mommy and Daddy Made Melive on KBOO, from the KBOO archives
Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford"A", You're Adorable (The Alphabet Song)The Golden Voice of Gordon MacRae
Marvin Gaye and Tammi TerrellIf I Could Build My World around YouThe Master: 1961-1984

SongCircle playlist for 01/07/2011

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The Songcircle
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J.R.R TolkeinA Elbereth GilthonielPoems and Songs of Middle Earth119 on 1/3
Pink FloydThe GnomeThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Syd BarrettGolden HairOpel65 on 1/6
The Beatles (George Martin)Eleanor Rigby (Strings Only)Anthology Vol. 2GM: 85 on 1/3
The Doors (Robby Krieger)Spanish CaravanWaiting for the SunRK 65 on 1/8
Van Dyke ParksThe All-GoldenSong Cycle68 on 1/3
Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones; Jimmy Page)Traveling Riverside BluesBBC SessionsJPJ: 65 on 1/3; JP: 67 on 1/9
Paul Revere and the Raiders (Paul Revere)Steppin' OutNuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Psychedelic Era [Box Set]PR: 73 on 1/7
Buffalo Springfield (Steven Stills)Four Days GoneLast Time AroundSS: 66 on 1/3
David BowieWild is the WindStation to Station64 on 1/8
Jennifer Warnes with Leonard CohenJoan of ArcFamous Blue RaincoatJoan of Arc: 599 on 1/6
Elvis PresleyTomorrow is a Long Timesame76 on 1/8
Sandy Denny"Sandy Denny [Box Set]64 on 1/6
"Who Knows Where the Time Goes (demo)"
"Blackwaterside (alt. take)"
"Love's Made a Fool of Me"
"When Will I Be Loved"
"Lord Bateman"
"No More Sad Refrains (Granada TV version)"

Birthday boys and girls!

SongCircle playlist for 12/31/2010

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Bob DylanDays of '49Self Portrait
Randy NewmanDayton, Ohio 1903Live in San Francisco 1974
Woody Guthrie1913 MassacreStruggle
The ZombiesButcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)Odessey and Oracle
Patti Smith1959Peace and Noise
Rickie Lee JonesOn Saturday Afternoons in 1963Rickie Lee Jones
Dave Alvin1968Blackjack David
Charlie Daniels BandSummer of '68Land that I Love
The Stooges1969 (Original John Cale Mix)The Stooges (Deluxe Edition)
The Stooges1970 (Single Mix)Funhouse (Deluxe Edition)
Ringo StarrEarly 1970Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr
Robyn Hitchcock1974Storefront Hitchcock
The Clash1977Super Black Market Clash
Ana Tijoux19771977
Spirit1984Clear (reissue)
EurythmicsSexcrime (1984)Greatest Hits (UK Edition)
The Temptations1990Psychedelic Soul
CadallacaWinter Storm '98Introducing Cadallaca
Conan O'BrienIn the Year 2000 (snippet)Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Dan Bern2014live
Zager and EvansIn the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)Nipper's Greatest Hits

SongCircle playlist for 12/24/2010

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NRBQChristmas WishPeek-A-Boo! The Best of NRBQ
Big StarJesus ChristThird/Sister Lovers
U2Jesus ChristFolkways: A Vision Shared
Dick GaughanStand up for JudasA Different Kind of Love Song
John FaheyO Come All Ye Faithful/Hark! The Herald Angels SingA New Possibility: John Fahey's Christmas Album
Jackson BrowneThe Rebel JesusThe Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne
MarahHandsome SantaA Christmas Kind of Town
Bob DylanMust Be SantaChristmas from the Heart
The KinksFather ChristmasMisfits (reissue)
Sharon Jones & the Dap KingsAin't No Chimneys in the ProjectsMOJO's Festive Fourteen
James BrownSanta Claus Go Straight to the GhettoJames Brown's Funky Christmas
The Be Good TanyasRudyMaybe This Christmas Too!
Darlene LoveWho Took the Mary out of Christmas?It's Christmas, of Course
Casselberry-DuPreeDid Jesus Have a Baby Sister?City Down
The DriftersWhite ChristmasDoo-Wop Christmas
The BandChristmas Must be TonightA Musical History
Bob DylanArthur McBrideGood as I Been to You
The Del-LordsSoldiers' HomeJohnny Comes Marching Home
Jeff Rosenberg w/Peter GuralnickElvis' Dream (original essay)Guralnick material from Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
Elvis PresleyIf I Can DreamMemories: The '68 Comeback Special

SongCircle playlist for 12/17/2010

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Karen DaltonSomething's on Your MindIn My Own Time
Bettye LavetteYou'll Never ChangeChild of the Seventies
NicoJanitor of LunacyDesertshore
Dolly PartonLittle SparrowLittle Sparrow
Reckless KellyLittle BlossomSomewhere in Time
Nellie CasmanYoselFrom Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish & American Popular Songs from 1914-1950
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Feat. Carolyn ClarkeJoseph, Joseph"
Otis ReddingTon of JoyMississippi Masala: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
TelevisionMarquee MoonMarquee Moon
Johnny HartmanIt Never Entered My MindWhen Love Goes Wrong: Songs for the Broken-Hearted
Linda Ronstadt and Ann SavoyOpening/Adieu False HeartAdieu False Heart
O.V. WrightNickel and a NailSweet Soul Music: Voices from the Shadows
Aloe BlaccI Need a DollarLate Night with Jimmy Fallon
Tim BuckleyPleasant Street/You Keep Me Hanging OnDream Letter: Live in London 1968
Captain Beefheart and the Magic BandZig Zag WandererSafe as Milk
"Safe as MilkThe Dust Blows Forward (An Anthology)
"Ella GuruTrout Mask Replica
"When I See Mommy, I Feel Like a MummyShiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
"Sure 'Nuff 'n' Yes I DoSafe as Milk

Today's weird, wild, wacky playlist comes courtesy of late-night delerium. And I'm lucky Captain Beefheart died, since I ran out of the music I planned with 20 minutes left in the show! Just kidding. RIP, Cap'n.

SongCircle playlist for 12/10/2010

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The Songcircle
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Peter, Paul & MaryIt's RainingPeter, Paul & Mary
The BeatlesRainMono Masters
Terence Trent D'ArbyRain (Live)Do You Love Me Like You Say? The Best of Terence Trent D'Arby (UK comp - bonus disc)
Jimi HendrixRainy Day, Dream AwayElectric Ladyland
Watty BurnettRainy Night in PortlandLee Perry and Friends: The Singles Collection Anthology 1968-1979
R.E.M.So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)Reckoning
The Everly BrothersCrying in the Rain (live)The Reunion Concert
The Lovin' SpoonfulRain on the RoofHums of the Lovin' Spoonful
Elvis CostelloJimmie Standing in the RainNational Ransom
Joe McMurrianRain of DaysRain of Days
Elvis PresleyKentucky Rain (Alternate Take Number 9)Elizabethtown: Songs from the Brown Hotel EP
Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersLouisiana Rain (live)The Live Anthology
Jimi HendrixStill Raining, Still DreamingElectric Ladyland
Tom WaitsMake it RainGlitter and Doom Live
Tay ZondayChocolate Rain (excerpt)YouTube
Bettye LaVetteLove Reign O'er MeInterpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Tracy Nelson/Mother EarthTonight the Sky's about to CryThe Best of Tracy Nelson/Mother Earth
Bob DylanA Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (live @ The Great Music Experience, Nara, Japan 1995)Dignity (UK CD Single)

SongCircle playlist for 12/03/2010

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Leonard CohenBird on the WireLive at the Isle of Wight 1970
"There is a WarNew Skin for the Old Ceremony
Philip Glass and Leonard CohenPrologue: I Can't Make the HillsBook of Longing
Leonard CohenIn My Secret LifeTen New Songs
"Store RoomSongs of Leonard Cohen (reissue)
"Villanelle for Our TimeDear Heather
"Waiting for the MiracleThe Future
"Lover Lover LoverField Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979
"HallellujahSongs from the Road
The ByrdsTime BetweenYounger than Yesterday
The Beach BoysSlip on ThroughSunflower
The ByrdsHave You Seen Her FaceYounger than Yesterday
The Beach BoysIt's About TimeSunflower
The ByrdsThoughts and WordsYounger than Yesterday
The Beach BoysForeverSunflower
The KlezmaticsHoneyky HanukahWoody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah
Peter, Paul and MaryLight One CandleNo Easy Walk to Freedom
Leonard CohenDo I Have to Dance All Nightsingle b-side

SongCircle playlist for 11/26/2010

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The Songcircle
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ChumbawambaBuy Nothing DayGet on with It: Live
Timothy HullBuffalo SongKBOO live archives
John TrudellCrazy HorseBone Days
Railroad EarthBlack Elk SpeaksRailroad Earth
Loudon Wainwright IIIThanksgivingCareer Moves
Simon & GarfunkelAmerican TuneThe Concert in Central Park
Arlo GuthrieAlice's Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited)Same
The BandTheme from The Last WaltzThe Last Waltz (2002 Box Set)
"Up on Cripple Creek"
"It Makes No Difference"
Neil Young with The BandFour Strong Winds"
Joni Mitchell with The BandShadows and Light"
The Band with The StaplesThe Weight"

A special Post-Thanksgiving episode


Marie-Josee Dandeneau

Have you played Marie-Josee Dandeneau? Has she played in Oregon?

Ignore the above! No longer the last Thursday.



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